Today Karen Dawn put her needles down long enough to answer a few questions.
Q. What does your design process look like? Do you start with the yarn or the idea?
Lots and lots of graph paper, pencils (regular and colored), and erasers. I usually start with stitch pattern ideas and draw lots of charts for how to combine various designs. Then I do some swatching, where I try out different yarns (if I haven’t already decided on one in particular). I’m learning that this swatching is a great use for all those leftovers bits of yarn from various other projects! Then I draw up a rough chart/pattern and make the sample, taking notes as I go in case I made any changes or discover something different from my original plan as I go.
Q. What is your favorite design so far?Each new design seems to be my current favorite, but my geek heart does love the Don’t Blink Illusion Scarf. That one took lots of planning (I don’t even know how many times I charted out the
various letters on graph paper!) but I’m thrilled with how it turned out--and even more so to have found a weeping angel statue to use for a photo shoot. (By the way, a matching illusion hat is currently in test knitting.)
Q. Is there a knitting technique that you haven’t tried yet that you would like to explore?I’ve been a pretty adventurous knitter, trying out different techniques when I see patterns that I want to knit which have a technique I haven’t done before. But I think I’d like to do more with double knitting. I’ve done it a bit already but haven’t finished a project using it and definitely would need to brush up on the technique before trying it again as it’s been a couple of years since I tried it. I’d also love to try the technique where you knit two socks at once, one inside the other (which I think is related to double knitting).
Q. What’s your favorite yarn you’ve ever used?Favorite I’ve ever used? That’s a tough one. Malabrigo Worsted has a special place in my heart (it was my first non-acrylic yarn) and I still use it frequently. And I love anything madelinetosh. But I think if I had to pick a favorite yarn I’ve ever used so far it would be the JulieSpins Juno (merino/silk) that I used to make a beret (which I then gave to a friend because I just don’t look right in a beret).
Q. What’s the one thing you wish you were knitting right now?A sweater or cardigan for myself out of some madelinetosh tosh dk in tart that I’ve had in my stash since 2009. That yarn is way too pretty to be sitting around for that long!
Well that's all the questions I have right now. Thanks so much Karen!
I hope everybody is enjoying the Gift-A-Long. The 25% off pattern sale goes through Nov. 21 but the knitting, games, and prizes continues on Ravelry here until the year ends!
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